Online, 27 May 2015. A lot has been going with the African agriculture framework CAADP during the past nine months, reaching its climax in Malabo in June 2014, where the African Union adopted the ‘Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods’ and launched the African Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA).

Online, 26 May 2015. Sustainable intensification is receiving growing attention as a way to address the challenge of feeding an increasingly populous and resource-constrained world. Nearly 20 years after the concept was developed, this paper revisits the term and proposes what sustainable intensification is — a useful guiding framework for raising agricultural productivity on existing arable land in a sustainable manner; and what it is not — a paradigm for achieving food security overall.

Bonn, 22 May 2015. “…It is very important that the Platform sets out why food, agriculture and nutrition are key priorities going ahead, not just in terms of the food crisis that we faced seven years ago”, said John Barrett, former DFID officer, during the Annual General Assembly in December 2014. This year was a crucial year for the international development community for setting the groundwork and course for various milestones of global development in 2015 and beyond. Accordingly the Platform was busy with adapting to new developments and emerging issues.

New York, 19 May 2015. The Rome Based Agencies co-organised a side event at the FfD3 Second Drafting Session to review the required changes in the financial framework for the SDGs. The three agencies shared with the participants their joint paper on FfD and the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment as preparation to discuss the different strategies to strengthen the role the agricultural sector plays for developing economy and therefore also its role in the post-2015 development agenda.

Online, 18 May 2015. “Agriculture has a role to deliver on nutrition in its own right, independent of engagement in multisector interventions – albeit that including other interventions would magnify agriculture’s nutritional impact” says Lynn Brown, chairperson of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development's Agriculture and Nutrition workstream, in her new blog. The blog discusses the need to rebalance agriculture to deliver its core mandate on nutrition.

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